Overview

Connect passion with purpose. The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency entrusted by the people of Georgia to proudly protect lives and promote healthy lifestyles in diverse communities statewide. We are committed to the health of the population of Georgia as our work impacts past, present and future generations.

What we offer. Enjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, engaging worksite wellness events, wellness breaks, lactation rooms, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending on the position.

Make your mark in public service. As an accredited public health department, we’re seeking a highly qualified candidates for the position of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Outbreak Infection Preventionist (IP) in the Division of Health Protection, Epidemiology Section in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Job Responsibilities:

The HAI Outbreak IP will be responsible for leading HAI/AR outbreak response (including responding to reports of serious infection control breaches). In coordination with the HAI/AR Program, the HAI Outbreak IP will provide oversight and subject matter expertise to coordinate prevention and response activities in various healthcare settings in their region (North, Metro, Central or South Georgia). These positions are responsible for strengthening infection prevention and control capacity in their assigned jurisdictions.

  • Leads district wide program of HAI/AR and infection control by assigned districts.
  • Applies reports from the HAI/AR analytics team to develop prioritized responses in their region.
  • Responds to reported infection control breaches, outbreaks, and multi-drug resistant screening results for Georgia healthcare facilities.
  • Collaborates with Prevention/NHSN IP in their region to work with high-risk facilities, including recommending screening for multi-drug resistant organisms and responding to results of positive patients/residents.
  • Develops and communicates response targets and goals to regional district staff and other stakeholders.
  • Provide timely infection prevention and control consultation.
  • Perform onsite outbreak response-based infection prevention and control assessments, including a review of healthcare facilities infection prevention plans, direct observation of infection control practices using a standardized tool (e.g., ICAR), and surveillance capacity.
  • Conduct onsite response-based visits to investigate suspected outbreaks or infection control breaches, including: an initial consultation with healthcare facilities to identify sources and mitigate transmission.
  • Document and compile findings from on-site visits and summarize them in a report and/or tracking system, with key findings and recommendations provided to the participating healthcare facility and other key stakeholders, including the HAI/AR Program.
  • Conduct follow-up site assessments to ensure that the healthcare facility has implemented mitigation recommendations based on report findings.
  • Conducts specialized training in infection control and prevention activities to mitigate identified gaps, both at individual facilities and collectively.
  • Recommend or develop new infection control tools to improve practices.
  • Serve as a liaison within their region to address infection control needs in a variety of settings.
  • Collaborate with regional prevention IP counterpart for responses.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctorate or Master’s degree in Nursing, Public Health or related field from an accredited college or university AND Three years of professional nursing management/supervisory experience AND Current Georgia Registered Professional Nurse license AND CPR certified,

OR

Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university AND Seven years of PHN experience AND Current Georgia Registered Professional Nurse license AND CPR certified.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year experience with investigation of healthcare-associated infection outbreaks with the knowledge and understanding of current standards of practice and understanding infection prevention and control guidelines.
  • Experience working within or with local/state public health departments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Current Certification in Infection Control (CIC) or willingness to obtain CIC within 1 year of hire.
  • At least 1 year experience in healthcare or public health.
  • Ability to travel onsite to healthcare facilities within assigned region.
  • Ability to work independently, organize, plan, and manage time effectively to complete assignments.

About Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner and leaders encourages all employees to engage in regular wellness activities and to make lifestyle choices that promote health and well-being.

The use of wellness breaks during the workday is authorized to support this philosophy and assist employees in meeting their wellness goals. A maximum of 30 minutes in a given workday may be used to engage in wellness activities, generally in the form of two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break.

Employment Information

Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board rules regarding salary.

DPH accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DPH will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.

The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening and a criminal background check.

As an employee of DPH, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.

If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to: DPH-HR@dph.ga.gov.

DPH is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

TO APPLY: In order to successfully apply for a position; the hiring agency requires interested applicants to complete the GA Department of Public Health’s Online Employment Application.

This job application can be found at www.dph.georgia.gov. Click on "About DPH" and then “Careers” and locate this position, click “Apply” and begin your application.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY FOR THIS POSITION AT www.dph.georgia.gov